Ohio’s lame duck governor refuses to back the official GOP candidate for president. In an article penned for Time Magazine, John Kasich makes a solid case to vote for Hillary Clinton this fall.

All Democrats, independents and thoughtful Republicans can agree with the term-limited governor’s assertions that disparage the Big Orange Machine and its new triumphant leader, Donald Trump.

This year Ohio’s 64-year old governor saw his second run for the White House flop fatally. His first try, in 2000, never got off the ground, crashing long before even the first test in Iowa. The political slap-fight with Donald Trump, and everyone else who has since bought a ticket to ride the Trump Train, has shown the reluctant warrior John Kasich to be more divider not a uniter.

Unable to win more than one of the 50 GOP primaries this year, John Kasich tried to sell his silky sweet narrative of hopes and hugs and inspiration delivered at over one-hundred town hall meetings. The former Wall Street banker was a one-man show who used his 18 years in congress and six years as Ohio governor to try to convince voters that he was only carrying out the Lord’s purpose for him, which he defined as being the adult-in-the-room candidate who brings people together. Unfortunately for Kasich, the Lord had other plans, as Trump clobbered Kasich and the rest of the dozen-plus field of hard-right Republicans who couldn’t keep up with the New York billionaire, who won nearly 14 million votes, a record number for a GOP presidential contender.

Gov. Kasich has stated without equivocation that he won’t even consider supporting Donald Trump, let alone endorsing him, until the ultimate outsider does a complete tonal make-over. Donald Trump has flummoxed establishment lane Republicans, like John Kasich, and the Beltway media crowd by consistently turning their dire predictions of his demise into higher ratings and more votes.

Trump campaign advisers dumped on Kasich last week as being irrelevant and a non-factor, going so far as to call his life “trashy.” The usually mean, crusty and petulant governor, known for bare-knuckled politics and getting even with those who cross his path when he can, offers no regrets for a campaign short on cash and long on hyperbole that boiled down to the simple choice of “two paths.” Kasich’s path is the one of light while the other path, taken by Trump, is the path of darkness.

In his editorial in Time Magazine, a copy of which was blasted out to supporters by his apparently still-operational campaign team Saturday, John Kasich talked about how well Cleveland did as host city for the GOP convention. Ohio’s seven metro areas, he said, represent a diverse racial and ethnic heritage and a broad-based economy. He added, Ohioans “have come to appreciate that our shared success depends on contributions from people who might not be just like us. In short, we get what makes America tick. That’s why Ohioans have traditionally sought leaders who bring people together.”

On that front, Gov. Kasich has few examples to point to while their are many that show him all but willing to take advantage of the divisions in the nation’s most important battleground state. Kasich is at his best when the deck is stacked in his favor, as it has been since he came to power in 2010 when Tea Party anger pushed him over the finish line. He benefited from a friendly Republican legislature to do his bidding on controversial topics like income tax cuts, budget austerity that robbed cities and schools of billions of dollars, and letting the husband of his campaign manager, David Hansen, who committed crimes while at the Ohio Department of Education when he intentionally falsified for-profit charter school data to disappear into the shadows.

Now that he’s no longer a player on the national stage, his pique at Trump beating him and everyone else showed itself again when he said he’s not that much concerned if the Donald loses Ohio and the national election this year. Now that Republicans are trying to unify to take on Democrats and their all-but-nominated nominee, Hillary Clinton, Kasich’s inability to join others like Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin or Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey, two GOP governors who have swallowed their pride and boarded the Trump Train, shows the so-descdribed uniter to be anything but when it comes to party unity when he’s not the band leader.

“I wonder every time I pick up my iPad if I’m going to learn of a new heart-wrenching catastrophe—overseas or here at home,” Kasich wrote at Time.com. “The division, polarization, suspicion and hatred that is fueling so much alienation and violence against police officers, minorities, people of different views—against any of God’s children, all of that needs to end.”

And by those words, Gov. John Kasich by all rights, based on his so-called high principles and moral compass, should be voting for Hillary Clinton, whose central campaign theme is “stronger together” and whose new advice after Trump’s nomination is “vote your conscience.”

John Kasich ended his latest dig at Donald Trump, saying, “And the beginning of that end comes when we realize we’re all in this together and that we’re more successful together than fighting each other.”

Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, President Obama, and just named Democratic vice president running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, would all agree Kasich’s assessment of where the nation is, how it can comes together, and who’s most qualified for that job.

 

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